An Exhibition Juried by Allan Chasanoff

July 5, 2013 - July 28, 2013

San Francisco
2003
gelatin silver print
12" X 18", $300

image © Blake Andrews

Skowhegan, Maine
2011
gelatin silver print
12" X 18", $300

image © Blake Andrews

Rob & Ana/Balasana
2011
gelatin silver fiber print
11" X 11", $275

image © Hillary Atiyeh

Portuguese Sardines
2008
printed on aluminum
20" X 30", $350

image © Bill Bailey

Mirror Pharmacy
2011
digital print
8" X 10", $120

image © Dietlinde Bamberger

Sleeping by the Mississippi
2011
pigment print
18" X 27", $3,000

image © Mary Ellen Bartley

Water Spirit
1985/2012
pigment print
12" X 18", $950

image © Aryan Chappell

Winter's Cloak
2013
pigment print
16" X 12", $800

image © Aryan Chappell

The A Train, Maputo, Mozambique
2011
Digigraphie print
16" X 16", $1,300

image © Thibault de Puyfontaine

Vertical Limit, Maputo, Mozambique
2011
Digigraphie print
16" X 16", $1,300

image © Thibault de Puyfontaine

The Flautist
2010
archival inkjet print
26" X 20", $425

image © Susan de Witt

Roseville
2012
gelatin silver print
18" X 12", $150

image © Jeffrey Dionesotes

Untitled (Barber Shop)
2010
pigment inkjet print
18" X 12", $800

image © Ralph Gabriner

Reflection (Alaska)
1996
chromogenic color print
24" X 18", $350

image © LeeAnn Gauthier

Reed Canyon
2012
archival pigment print
11.5" X 18", $400

image © Barbara Gilson

Untitled
2012
digital print
16" X 20", $400

image © George Greenstein

Reflections
2008
inkjet print
12" X 18", $400

image © Martin Gremm

A Cigarette End
2013
pigment print
24" X 20", $1,300

image © Curtis Hamilton

Cleaner
2011
pigment inkjet print
20" X 16", $650

image © Harrison Higgs

In the Rocks
2009
gelatin silver print
5" X 3", $200

image © Timothy Wells Householder

Progressive Destruction
2010
fiber print
10" X 14.25", $700

image © Hannah Karsen

Vernon, British Columbia
2010
gelatin silver print
11" X 14", $400

image © Ann Kendellen

Smithsonian
2007
digital chromogenic print
12" X 16", $500

image © Frank Lavelle

Oneonta Creek, Ice
1985
gelatin silver print
10" X 13", $600

image © Stu Levy

Trapezius
2012
selenium toned gelatin silver print
16" X 20", $300

image © Helen Maringer

Hotel, San Geremia, Venice, Italy
2009
digital print
16" X 12", $500

image © Helena Lukas Martemucci

Rochester, NY
2010
pigment print
23.5" X 34.5", $900

image © Larry Merrill

A California Sea Lion Slips Into the Bay
2011
archival inkjet print
7.5" X 11.25", $400

image © Graydon Miller

Elk and Water Bottle -- Gooding, Idaho
2007
chromogenic print
18" X 22", $900

image © Alexis Pike

Verizontal
2013
digital print
17" X 21", $100

image © Quamar Salih

Niger River, Mali
1979
digital print from film
11" X 17", $800

image © Stan Sherer

Road Surface, Interstate 84 Near the Utah-Idaho Border
1982
gelatin silver print
7.5" X 9.5", $200

image © John Snyder

Christina, Matunuck, RI
2010
tintype
8" X 10", $4,300

image © Joni Sternbach

Confused Bulletin Board
2012/2013
archival pigment print
$750

image © Kirk Thompson

Equinox
2012
archival inkjet print
21" X 21", $400

image © Donald Webb

Parking
2012
archival inkjet print
21" X 30", $400

image © Donald Webb

Manhattan Bridge
2010
archival inkjet print
17" X 22", $1,500

image © Harry Wilks

Parking Lot Mural, Philadelphia
2012
archival inkjet print
13" X 18", $750

image © David Wison

Untitled
2008
selenium toned gelatin silver print
10" X 8", $500

image © Carol Yarrow

Vine
2012
gelatin silver print
10" X 10", $350

image © Yelena Zhavoronkova

An Exhibition Juried by Allan Chasanoff

The Optical

We’ve all had the experience of looking at a photograph and not being able to decipher it right away. We ask ourselves: “What am I looking at?”

Photographer and collector Allan Chasanoff is a connoisseur of this moment; he finds visceral pleasure in confronting an image that refuses to make visual sense, delights in its resistance, and delights again when that resistance is overcome–a delicious tension and release.

“To be hit by a dislocation transcends the visual alone, and there is a momentary visceral response. It stuns me. It interrupts the stare and startles me. Thus, a major part of my effort in collecting pictures was to find those that did that. The photograph, the genre, the history and the aura of the picture are secondary to this shock. That is why I collected so-called straight images, for a dislocation in the usual.”

Blue Sky invited Chasanoff to jury an exhibition that celebrates this particular photographic phenomenon, The Optical.  He graciously accepted and selected 36 images from more than 190 submissions of original 8” X 10” prints. Every image presented in this exhibition is a “straight,” single-exposure shot that has not been manipulated or altered in any way with image-editing software.

Exhibiting artists from the US, Canada, Germany, and France include: Blake Andrews * Hillary Atiyeh * Bill Bailey * Dietlinde Bamberger * Mary Ellen Bartley * Aryan Chappell * Thibault de Puyfontaine * Susan de Witt * Jeffrey Dionesotes * Ralph Gabriner * LeeAnn Gauthier * Barbara Gilson * George Greenstein * Martin Gremm * Curtis Hamilton * Harrison Higgs * Timothy Householder * Hannah Karsen * Ann Kendellen * Frank Lavelle * Stu Levy * Helen Maringer * Helena Lukas Martemucci * Larry Merrill * Graydon Miller * Alexis Pike * Quamar Salih * Stan Sherer * John Snyder * Joni Sternbach * Kirk Thompson * Donald Webb * Harry Wilks * David Wilson * Carol Yarrow * Yelena Zhavoronkova.

Allan Chasanoff spent nearly 20 years collecting more than 1,200 photographs—many of which embody this optical dilemma—and donated his collection to Yale University and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Two publications feature images from his collection: First Doubt – Optical Confusion in Modern Photography: Selections from the Allan Chasanoff Collection (Yale University Press, 2008) and Tradition and the Unpredictable (D.A.P., 1994).